SfHP Student Advisory Council Position Openings

We would like to formally announce that the SfHP Student Advisory Council will be accepting applications for graduate students to fill four positions for the upcoming year. Student Council members must be current SfHP student members with specific interests in health psychology. We are especially seeking motivated and enthusiastic students with an interest in providing service through involvement in the SfHP student council. A brief overview of positions available is listed below.

  • Council terms are typically two years (although this year we will be appointing a one-year communications committee member in addition to a two-year position).
  • Council terms begin at the APA annual convention (August 2018 for the current year).
  • Each position requires 1-2 hours per week (average), no travel is required. Eligible participants should be able to regularly communicate, plan, and implement responsibilities via email/phone contact. Regular council calls are held monthly or bi-monthly.
  • Members are granted travel scholarships to attend the APA Annual Convention each year pending yearly Division budget approval.

Communication Committee (2 positions, 1-year term/2-year term)

The communication committee’s mission is to increase communication with and among student members of SfHP, highlight health psychology student accomplishments to the SfHP community, and extend students’ knowledge to and expand students’ awareness of different facets of health psychology. The committee will benefit from individuals who are interested in learning about journalistic writing and editing and enjoy networking. Helpful characteristics include organizational skills and attention to detail, creativity, and flexibility.

  • Write and edit the student newsletter.
  • Communicate current SfHP information via listservs and social media outlets.
  • Brainstorm new avenues for communication with SfHP student members and topics of interest to trainees.

Membership Committee (1 position, 2-year term)

A successful Membership Committee member would be skilled at communicating with others, organizing and maintaining records, and working collaboratively with another committee member and the SfHP Membership Committee to complete the following initiatives:

  • Facilitating the campus representative program, including recruitment of new campus representatives and ongoing communication and coordination with current campus representatives.
  • Brainstorming and implementing initiatives to promote recruitment of new student members, as well as retention of current student members.
  • Collaborating with the SfHP Membership Committee to greet and engage new student members.


Diversity Committee (1 position, 2-year term)

Because the responsibilities of the Diversity Committee include developing and implementing initiatives aligned with the goals of the committee (See below), forward-thinking and self-motivated individuals who are comfortable working independently are sought for this role.

The overarching goals of the Diversity Committee are to:

  • Foster awareness of diversity/inclusion/social justice/health disparities issues among SfHP student members through educational initiatives (e.g., writing forthe SfHP student newsletter, organizing online presentations or conference calls, disseminating research);
  • Develop, implement, and support programs that promote diversity and inclusion within the field of health psychology (e.g., diversity research grants, mentorship programs, youth programs, service opportunities);
  • Advocate for the needs and representation of SfHP student members from diverse and/or historically underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., collaborate with the Membership Committee to increase representation and access to information).

Committee chairs are allowed to prioritize activities during their tenure that align with their strengths, passions, and vision.

Committee chairs provide periodic updates to the Student Advisory Council on initiatives.

Committee chairs collaborate with members of the broader SfHP Diversity Council in the development of initiatives aimed at diversifying health psychology.


If you know of a student whom you think would be a good fit and is interested, please pass along this information. To apply, please email the following 3 documents to by June 6, 2018.

1.  Statement of Interest: Describing which position(s) you are interested in filling and why, including examples of how you would contribute to the council (limited to 1 page in length)

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Statement of support from primary mentor

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